Benj. Mako Hill mako at
Wed Nov 23 12:41:43 CST 2005

<quote who="John" date="Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 12:35:21PM +0800">
> I was thinking about those CDs at the Internet cafe. If they charged a 
> token fee then:
> a) They'd last longer
> b) People, having paid for them, might be more inclined to actually try 
> them.

(c) They'd also help folks get a running start on the free (libre)
versus free (gratis) confusion. Both are important to the success of
Ubuntu and kin but it's equally important to squash the "you can't
make money" meme.

I've seen folks charging a small fee ($1 or less) at conferences for
CDs to keep folks from picking up the CDs as another piece of
schwag. Folks also made lots of money for their LoCo to help organize


Benjamin Mako Hill
mako at

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far as society is free to use the results. --RMS

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